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Brewed by Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg
Style: Doppelbock
Vorchdorf, Austria

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RATINGS: 1982   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 420   ABV: 14%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The once strongest beer in the world is back ! Brewed only once a year on December 6. Samichlaus is aged for 10 months before bottling. This beer is perhaps the rarest in the world. Samichlaus may be aged for many years to come. Older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. Serve with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particulary with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself. Brewed under the exclusive licence of Feldschlösschen-Hürlimann-Holding, Switzerland.

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3.7
bruale (7) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2006 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Bottled in 2005. Poured with a slight head that quickly disappeared. Aroma was malty and complex. Reddish, copper color. Smooth flavor, sweet, medium body. Warm alcohol presence that’s not overwhelming and continues all the way down. Tasty, would try again.

3.7
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2003 bottle. Duane shared some of this with me. Light amber color. Sweet malty aroma along with some booze apparent. Very sweet flavor, caramel and some vanilla. Long, warming finish.

1.7
JamieTonkin (1) - ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2006 does not count
I was looking forward to this but was sadly disappointed. No problem with the appearance or nose - just the high alcohol sensation on the palate. Even with food it didn’t lessen the blow. I’d prefer something a little more subtle.

3.9
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Pours orangey, amber hue with no head. Nice aroma, almost like a quality barley wine. Oakey, vanilla touch and maple-like. The flavor is extremely sweet. Nice toasty vanilla flavors and a viscous honeyish aspect. Light hints a caramel soaked raisins, huge maltyness, and a subtle cinnamon aspect. This beer is extremely close to being great. If there was less sweetness more complexity would come through. The flavor is still delicious though, and will definitly be amazing with age.

3.7
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle. Pours a very rich amber color; minimal head. Aroma of alcohol, fruit, fig, caramel and maybe a subtle yeast. Alcohol was not overwhelming on the taste. Body was nice. Flavor of alcohol, malt, fig, caramel. Definitely a beer to sip and enjoy.

3.8
Rooney31 (42) - USA - NOV 20, 2006
11.2 oz bottle: Pours a clear amber color with zero head. Has a raspberry vintage wine aroma. The taste is definitely brandy like. The alcohol compliments the style terrifically. A nice after dinner beer.

4.2
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - NOV 20, 2006
I poured The 11.2 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. It was a crystal clear dark reddish amber colored beverage with almost no head at all and what little there was disappears almost immediately. It was really quite beautiful ... think how a glass of aged brandy would look and you have it. The aroma was quite nice as well. There were notes of dried fruit, aged leather, spices, raspberries and caramel. The body was very full with just a hint of carbonation and a wonderful smooth texture like velvet. The flavor started out quite sweet like a fine desert wine with a light fruitiness and a heck of an alcohol kick. The finish was very long and warming. This beer was more like a beautifully aged and smooth sweet brandy than a beer. OMG!!!

3.7
oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2006
Bottled. Reddish copper colour, small head. Aroma is alcohol, vanilla and caramel along with some yeasty hints. Flavour is alcohol, sugary, caramellish and warming. Pleasant to sip from, but was not hard drinking fast either. It gently rips your senses and suddently you note you are not sober anymore...

3.7
beedman (60) - Wonju, SOUTH KOREA - NOV 19, 2006
2004 compliments of Jen. Pours deep brown amber with some foam. Aroma is vanilla and caramel with definite yeast. Wow, sweet, sweet malt and serious sugar-caramel, almost like a cola. Mouthfeel is effervescent and refreshing. Almost no detectable hops, but still lots of caramelized flavours to the end. Very unique.

3.9
tomthompson89 (1983) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2006 had a 2004 and 2005 version. very nice sweet big time but a great sipper, had the first one as a warmer after snowboarding, was perfect


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